Rename Trash in Mavericks?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by aleksoctop, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. aleksoctop macrumors regular

    May 8, 2011
    A real longshot here, but...

    has anyone figured out how to rename Trash in Mavericks?

    I miss having my trash called "Rubbish".
  2. allthingsapple, Jan 15, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2014

    allthingsapple macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    Install Textwrangler then Navigate to the path below.


    Change the following line under <key>TrashName</key> it's on line 64. Should look like attached pic. [​IMG]

    Change the word Trash on this line <string>Trash</string> to whatever name you want the trash folder to be called. a prompt will appear asking you to unlock as you start typing. click unlock then enter in the name you want the trash to be called. Click file and save (enter your system password when prompted). Quit Textwrangler. Open terminal and type Killall Dock. Move your mouse/ trackpad pointer over the trash dock icon to see the new name. If changes haven't taken effect Restart the mac.

    EDIT: To change the Empty Trash and Secure empty trash name from the Finder menubar like this.


    Navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/

    Open with Textwrangler and go down to lines 1810 and 1812. Should resemble something like this when changed.


    change the word trash in these lines to the same name you have given to your trash folder. in this case i've used rubbish as an example for the op. Click file, save. Open terminal and type Killall Finder.

    To Change the move to trash name from the finder window drop down menu like this see pic


    Navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/

    Open with Textwrangler and go down to line 1794. It should look like this.


    Change the word trash in this line to the same name you have given your trash folder. For example, I've named mine to rubbish like this.


    When finished. Click file and save. Quit Textwrangler, Open Terminal and type Killall Finder. Quit Terminal and open up your finder window. Click on any file then click the drop down box to see the change.

    To change the trash folder title like this


    navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/

    Open it up with Textwrangler and go to line 2177 it should look like this.


    Replace the word Trash with the same name you chose for your trash folder. In this case I've put in rubbish. see pic.


    Again click File, save. Go into Terminal and type Killall Finder. Open up the trash folder from the dock to see the changes.

    All of the mods listed above work with Mavericks 10.9, 10.9.1 and 10.9.2
  3. aleksoctop thread starter macrumors regular

    May 8, 2011
    Thank you so much for the writeup!
    In Mountain Lion you were able to open the strings files in TextEdit and just change values. I had no idea Textwrangler was the answer.

    Thanks again! Rubbish is back!
  4. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Dude, your desktop would probably give Jony Ive nightmares. :)

  5. allthingsapple macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    No problem, you're welcome. I thought i'd do the full writeup as a guide in case others wish to do something similar.

  6. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Those Finder windows are the ugliest thing I've ever seen.
  7. allthingsapple, Jan 16, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014

    allthingsapple macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    I suppose at the end of the day it comes down to personal taste. There are certain things one person may like but another may not. I actually quite like it. I appreciate your honesty though.
  8. Donut4000 macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2009
    I'd like to chip in with my findings for when I tried the above. I use BBedit, and followed all the instructions posted here - but still had an 'Empty Trash' right click menu when going to the trash can in the Dock. To change this, change the 'Trash' references in 'DockMenus.strings' as well as 'InfoPlist.strings' within the Dock package. I also spent a bit of extra time changing all the instances of Trash in both the Finder and Dock packages using the find/replace tool in BBEdit: it took a good 5 minutes, but now I have consistant naming across all dialogues, menus etc.
    As an interesting aside, I subsequently downloaded and upgraded to 10.9.2 beta 2, and all my trash alterations remained - I was expecting to repeat all my edits after the upgrade.
    As a final and uninteresting aside, I renamed my Trash to Cowp, a Scots word for a midden or rubbish heap. Being Scottish, shoving stuff in the cowp, or cowping something is much more fitting. The joys of customisation :)

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